Day 2: Raids on Congress Leader's premises continue

New Delhi: IT raids continue at various premises owned by Karnataka Minister D.K Shivakumar. Raids were conducted on Thursday in his Delhi house at Safdarjung area as well. Besides this the Congress leader's Father-in-law's premesis was also searched.

According to reports property worth 15 crores have been recovered. The reports claim that the IT sleuths also have details of shell company which is in the name of Shivakumar's kin. Reports further state that cheque worth 5 crores have also been recovered.

According to IT officials, the raids were conducted in four places, including Safdarjung Enclave and R.K. Puram.

The officials also searched the residence of the Shivakumar's personal assistant.

 Is it a vedantta politics or the raids by IT sleuths on a Congress senior leader’s house were genuine? Income Tax  sleuths began conducting raids at the official residence of Karnataka Power Minister D.K. Shivakumar and at a private resort near here where 44 Congress lawmakers from Gujarat are staying.  On Wednesday, raids were carried out at 39 places in Bengaluru and Delhi and Rs 10 crore in cash was seized. 

The searches were also carried out at the Eagleton Golf Resort in Bidadi, 30 km from Bengaluru, where 44 Gujarat MLAs have been lodged since July 29.

Shivakumar's aide and his driver have been detained for questioning.

Coincidentally, IT raids began at 7 AM on Wednesday morning at DK Shivakumar residence who is also in-charge of hospitality for Gujarat Congress MLAs in Bengaluru. Reacting to the IT raids at Eagleton resort senior Congress leader R S Surjewala said, “BJP has used every dirty and ugly trick to run a conspiracy to win Rajya Sabha seat in Gujarat. Attempt was made to bribe legislators in Gujarat; when everything failed, a frustrated BJP Govt now resorting to IT raids.”

The Congress had sent 44 of its legislators to a resort outside Bengaluru to fend off "poaching" attempts by the BJP ahead of the August 8 Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat. Of the 57 Congress MLAs in the state, from where senior party leader Ahmed Patel is contesting, six have already resigned from the party with three of them joining the BJP  Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had demanded that the Election Commission (EC) lodge a criminal case against the BJP for poaching its MLAs using "money and muscle" power.